Saturday, December 11, 2010

More on the ABDC6 auditions -- specific studios for the 4 audition cities

ABDCCasting.Com posted the specific locations for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 auditions (with maps), as well as the forms you need to fill out and how you need to prepare. Here's the list:
- January 21, Chicago: Hubbard Street Dance, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd
- January 23, Houston: SoReal Dance Studio, 6108 S. Rice Ave., Suite 104 
- January 29, New York: S.I.R. Studios, 520 W. 25th St. (between 11th and 12th Avenues)
- February 5, Los Angeles: Alley Kat Studio, 1455 Gordon St.

Video: LXD bad guys battle Conan O'Brien's Dancing Taco

Something you don't see every day: Conan O'Brien's Taco Man in a dance battle to the floor with several of the bad guys from OX (the guys battling the LXD). Thanks for the tip PerezOverride!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Video: Popping lesson/demonstration from Marvelous Moon and Popping John

This video from Learn2Bust featuring Marvelous Moon and Popping John is inspiring. I hope it comes with some step-by-step help for the typiccal aspiring hip hop dancer!

Upcoming events: December 10-31, 2010

  • 12/11: Reunion dance of many America's Best Dance Crew Season 5 crews (Poreotics, Hype 5-0, Static Noyze, Swagger Crew, Heavy Impact), plus Future Funk and many competitors at World of Dance Hawaii
  • 12/11: Team Millennia and their related groups perform at The Bridge Competition in Lakewood, CA
  • 12/11: Fanny Pak's Meg Lawson and Twitch at Premeditated Dance in Baton Rouge, LA
  • 12/17-18: Blueprint Cru perform in Trinidad
  • 12/18: Beat Freaks members Lady Jules and Bonita battle other B-girls and Beat Freaks perform at Rock City in Fullerton, CA 
  • 12/20-30: Poreotics at Disney California Adventure Park in ElecTRONica
  • Ongoing: JabbaWockeeZ (with members of Super Cr3w) in MUS.I.C. in Las Vegas
Please leave a comment if you want us to add something to the calendar (or want to notify us about an upcoming event).

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Video: LXD Appearance on Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien's show on December 8 featured villains (including some representation from Ringmasters) from all the Season 2 LXD episodes. Thanks, PerezOverride!

Mailbox: Beat Freak Shorty in the news; new dance website; Tic Tic Teams forming globally

  • Beat Freak member Alex Welch (aka Shorty) is demanding an apology for the beating she received from Demi Lovato, according to MTV. Legal options are being investigated.
  • A new website called has been launched. It's devoted to videos of all forms of street dance, making it easier for fans to discover and watch the best dancers around, be they world famous or relative unknowns
  • According to a recent post on, TicTic teams across the world are starting up for Poreotics, and they're still looking for administrators for different countries/states around the world. If you're interested, send a message to Poreotics Manager Danny Batman on his Facebook page. Thanks, Ninjaboi!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ABDC6 January/February Audition dates: Chicago, Houston, New York, Los Angeles

The dates for the America's Best Dance Crew auditions have been set:
  • Chicago January 21
  • Houston January 23
  • New York  January 29 
  • Los Angeles February 5
Details are not yet posted.For more information, you can email or Thanks PerezOverride!

Readers: I need your opinions/advice regarding the site's commenting software

About a year ago, had to switch our commenting software from JS-Kit to Echo, at a cost of $10/year. While the change brought some good features (threading, the ability to 'like'), it also had major problems (breakdowns during peak times, blocking some of our most frequent users). To add major injury, they've announced that the rates for this site will increase to $10-25+/month (depending on site traffic).  My existing contract runs out in less than a week.

I really don't want to pay the extra amount -- it will severely reduce the money I have available for contests, costs for equipment and interviews, etc.  Here are my options -- let me know what you think.
  • Option 1 - go to another system like Disqus or Blogger. If I do that, everything before the change will be archived, so that readers will need to click on another link at the top of the page to get to older posts. This will also make searches on my site a two-step process -- a little more hassle for my readers. In some of these software alternatives, I would be unable to search and edit comments (as I do now) for obscenity/spoilers so that my only option would be to delete complete comments if there is ANY problem with a comment
  • Option 2 - keep Echo despite the costs and problems. I might set up a tip jar in case anyone wants to help me defray the costs.
What do you think? What's your experience with comments on this and other sites?

Open call: PacMan and Moon to audition dancers for a new crew that will try out for ABDC6!

Marvelous Motion alums Moon and PacMan (aka Phillip Chbeeb, who also appeared on So You Think You Can Dance) are officially auditioning for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6! And, they need a few more people for their crew, so they are holding an open call to audition for their crew which will audition for the ABDC season! The audition is at Soundbox Studios in Houston on December 28 at 9pm. Watch this video for the full information Will you be there? Do we have the ABDC6 champions in the making here? Thanks Isaac (first to find!),  JJVirus, and BSG.

Watch the latest and maybe creepiest LXD Episode yet: "Experiments"

In the latest  episode of the LXD called "Experiments", the adult Dark Doctor is out for revenge, so he works on building the perfect gruesome specimens for world conquest.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

TiVO Alert: The LXD dance on Conan O'Brien show on Wed. December 8

Wednesday December 8 is a double-LXD day. The next episode will be released in the morning (and it's INTENSE). Then many of the dancers will appear on Conan O'Brien's late-night TBS show (11pm ET/PT). Thanks for the tip, Ninjaboi!

Enter our ABDC Trivia Contest Week 2 now!

Time for more trivia about America's Best Dance Crew, for a chance to win some ABDC-related merchandise or an ITunes gift certificate.  Full rules here. The prize goes to the highest cumulative score (plus winner of the tie-breaker) over this 10-week contest. Deadline for this week: Midnight on December 12, 2010.

Email with the answer to this useless but interesting nugget: Which crew auditioned for every season of America's Best Dance Crew?

Video from The Sing Off: On The Rocks sing and dance to "Bad Romance"

Seeing On the Rocks handle "Bad Romance" on The Sing Off made me realize:
  1. The Sing Off is similar to America's Best Dance Crew in showcasing genuinely talented people to TV, rather than the schlock talent, D-level celebrities looking for attention, or truly awful and clueless performers often shown on other TV competitions. Bravo to Michelle McNulty who casts both The Sing Off and ABDC
  2. Though On The Rocks had some clever moves in their rendition of "Bad Romance", it only made me REALLY miss Blueprint Cru (and their take on Bad Romance shown here) and the talents of other ABDC alums  
You can see the official NBC video of the show here, starting at 15:12.

Video: Hype 5-0 take on the 12 Days of Christmas

Here's "The 12 Days of Christmas" (Hawaii version) from Hype 5-0, on their Hype50TV Youtube Channel. A worthy start to the holiday season, what with singing and caroling about hula lessons, fat pigs and mynahs in papaya trees! Thanks for the link, PerezOverride!

Monday, December 6, 2010

ABDC Trivia Contest Week 1 answer: Massive Monkees

Thanks to all of you who entered Week 1 of our America's Best Dance Crew Trivia Contest. There were 35 correct answers to the question. The answer: Brysen of Massive Monkees (ABDC Season 4) was bitten by a spider shortly before he arrived in Los Angeles to compete on the show. Here's a picture of his swollen hand, from the MTV Remote Control blog.

Next round will be posted tomorrow. Out of curiousity: did readers find the question easy or difficult?

Videos from Prelude EC: Congratulations UFP!

Prelude EC was the latest East Coast hip hop competition, and UFP continues to dominate the scene. They won first place, followed by EPIC Motion and Academy of Phresh. Haaachi Youtube Channel has most of the action, including UFP's winning dance and a special performance of  "I Am" choreographed by Adrian Causing, leader of Fr3sh (America's Best Dance Crew Season 4). Thanks for the report, Chris Bata!

Video: Massive Monkees battle Killafornia at Freestyle Session 13

Massive Monkees (ABDC Season 4) battled Killafornia in the Crew vs. Crew finals at Freestyle Session 13 in Los Angeles on November 27, 2010. Winner: Killafornia. From theintegrazx6 Youtube Channel.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Video: Watch Akai, winner of UK's Gotta Dance

The U.S. version of Got To Dance begins in January 2011. But the show is an import from the UK's Sky1 channel, where a 10-year old hip hop dancer named Akai won in February 2010. Thanks for the tip, Jacintha!

More Quest in the Philippines - Showtime Part 2, ASAP XV, live performance footage

Quest Crew's visit to the Philippines is being treated as a major event by TV and the fans. Here's more from the visit by the ABDC champs.. Click here for more on Showtime. And watch here their appearance on ASAP XV (a Philippine variety show) and footage from their live show, shot byour reader Maxann and carried on her currydough Youtube Channel. Thanks also for the links, Sadakups and akosiace!